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Slavery and Sin – The Fight against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Slavery and Sin: The Fight against Slavery and the Rise of Liberal Protestantism

Molly Oshatz


Slavery and Sin reveals the antislavery origins of liberal Protestantism. Unable to use the letter of the Bible to answer the proslavery claim that slavery was not a sin in and of itself, antebellum antislavery Protestants, including William Ellery Channing, Francis Wayland, Moses Stuart, Leonard Bacon, and Horace Bushnell, argued that biblical principles opposed slavery and that God revealed slavery’s sinfulness through the gradual unfolding of these principles. Although they believed that slavery was a sin, their sympathy for individual slaveholders and their knowledge of the bi ... More

Keywords: antislavery, slavery debates, liberal Protestant, historicism, sin, Civil War, emancipation, evolution, biblical criticism, Bible

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199751686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Oshatz, author
San Francisco State University

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